Physical Wellness – Life IQ Living

By Michael Pfau

This post was written by Michael Pfau of Crossways Life Coaching, LLC. To connect with Michael, see the information in the bio at the end of this post.

Physical wellness is the third installment of a series I’m sharing on to start 2023. Wellness is incredibly important to successfully navigate life. By tending to self-care — spirit, mind, body, and relationships — you set a strong foundation from which to live. You see, many focus mostly on what they do when they show up but not so much on how they show up. When you make wellness a priority, you show up for yourself in the best possible way.

What is Physical Wellness?

When I reference physical wellness, I’m referring to what we put into your body (food, drink, supplements) as well as how we take care of our body through physical exercise and activity. With all the information available today it is important to figure out what works best for us and be consistent. As a coach, I’ve noticed that most of us do not struggle with knowing what to do but having the motivation to do it. 

The Performance Formula

In his book The Inner Game of Work, Tim Gallwey introduces the formula P=P-I. This simple equation expands to

Performance = Potential – Interference 

Gallwey states that our potential in any role or endeavor is equal to the potential we possess — our strengths, gifts, education, experience, mindset, etc. — minus the interference of a lack of gifts, strengths, education, experience, and mindset. 

A set of feet running along a path.

Though Gallwey applies the performance formula to our workplace, it also applies to how motivated we are to take care of our body. God would like us all to be in good health as our soul prospers (3 John 1:2). That means we have the potential to live a healthy life in a healthy body. However, what we feel we lack in the way of strengths, education, and the like interferes with our motivation to do better with our physical wellness.

As you reflect on this, where are you experiencing interference in your pursuit of physical health? As you identify gaps, consider what step(s) you need to take to close the gap and move towards the physical health you really want. Remember, your physical health is a key part of how you show up in life.

Set a Personal Foundation for Wellness

The process of setting a foundation for living a healthy life is personal. In other words, you can take guidelines, ideas, and examples from others, but each of us must actively learn and engage what does and doesn’t work for us on our wellness journey. I call this Life IQ Living. Intention is key to Life IQ Living.

Even Scripture supports us taking an active role in working on our health. First Corinthians 9 provides an example:

All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. (vv. 25–26, NLT)

These verses show us that we should practice discipline and purpose as we reach for our eternal prize. With a long life we will be able to do everything that God requires of us.

NOTE: Be sure to consult with a medical doctor prior to making changes to your diet and exercise regimen. This article is not meant to be a substitute for medical advice, so be sure to do your own research and find out what works best for you.

Check out all of the free resources available for Life IQ Living at Crossways Life Coaching.

Featured photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash; in-text photo by Arek Adeoye on Unsplash

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